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  Daily News for Monday, December 9th
New research suggests wine vs. beer thinking outdated

'Convergence consumer' likes quality in both, survey finds

Wine: Amcor Flexibles doubles local screw cap production
The new machine, which arrived last week, can produce 20 million to 25 million Stelvin Plus caps annually, effectively expanding total North Coast production capacity to 50 million
Zinfandel Experience gets new format, venue in 2014
"A lot of people felt it was overwhelming. Too many wines to taste. Too many crowds."
Paul Hobbs Imports Becomes Sole U.S. Importer for Canadian Producer Stratus Vineyards
Paul Hobbs' relationship with Stratus began in 2009, when he became the winery's viticultural and winemaking consultant. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this is the first winery to be added to the Paul Hobbs Imports portfolio that extends beyond South America.
Wine M&A momentum set to continue in 2014
A perceived shortfall in grape supply, easing credit terms and favorable wine consumption trends in the U.S. set the stage for a strong year. That momentum is likely to continue in 2014, including possible moves from international buyers.
So You Want to Buy a Vineyard, by Lettie Teague
Wine lovers looking for prestige can splash out at auctions, but nothing beats having a label with your very own name on it. Here, lessons for the would-be vintner.
Jackson, Gallo, Silverado drive vineyard expansion
The top three owners of vineyard land in Sonoma County - Jackson Family Wines, E&J Gallo and Silverado Premium Properties - largely began their buying sprees in the 1980s, when vineyards cost half the price of what they sell for today.
National Museum Celebrates Wine Families
California wineries that lasted generations and survived Prohibition donate artifacts.
CabFestNV Set For March 2014 - To Feature More Than 100 of Napa Valley's Top Wineries for First Cabernet Festival
Presented by the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, All-Access Pass & Specially Priced Two-Day Grand Tasting Passes on Sale December 10.
Amazon speeds up Bay Area delivery to same-day
The service began testing in 2007, above, in Amazon's Seattle backyard and has already expanded to Los Angeles.
Vineyard owners shape environmental policy
The wine companies that dominate the vineyard landscape in Sonoma County frequently have played a weighty role in shaping public and environmental policies in the region.
As wine fakers get sharper, industry fights back
Several wineries are laser-engraving their bottles with unique serial numbers. Other wineries are experimenting with hologrammed or bar-coded stickers placed half on the bottle, half on the capsule - the foil that covers the cork - that serve as id tags and will shred if removed.
Climate change warning: Killer winter storms for next THIRTY years
KILLER freezes, floods and heatwaves will devastate Britain during the next 30 years, climate ­experts have warned.
Brunello's King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
Gianfranco Soldera makes one of the world's most coveted Italian wines-and was the target of a break-in that sent $25 million in vino down the drain. Why does he have so many enemies?
NYC Court Ready for Kurniawan Trial
The trial of Indonesian-born wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan opens in New York tomorrow, with prosecutors accusing him of masterminding a wildly lucrative fraud which saw ordinary bottles passed off as expensive vintages
For Penns Woods Winery, 'tis the season for higher restaurant sales
Almost every winery around the region has something extra planned for these three weeks before Christmas, from discounts to holiday tastings to dinners to longer sales hours
Family farms vital to Sonoma County wine industry
On a hillside vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Rich Mounts maneuvered a tractor through the rows, hauling a few bins of lush zinfandel grapes that had just been plucked from the vine
New Wine Into Old Wineskins Works for Jesus, but Not for Wine Dealers
Wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan built lavish lifestyle on allegedly passing off store-bought wine as rare vintages
Oregon: Liquor reform in limbo
Community liquor stores wary of proposed sales shift to grocery stores
Jefford on Monday: The Great Grape Census
The share of the top 35 global varieties rose from 59 per cent of plantings in 2000 to 66 per cent in 2010. Unsurprisingly, of course, this 'varietal concentration' is most apparent in New World countries
Former bartender turns wine into water
Wine-tasting events are one way Hendley and his group raise the funds that enable them to distribute water filters and help install wells in communities around the world
Report: Restaurant sales, consumer outlook improve in November
Black Box Intelligence analyzes the results of the latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot
Interview: Sherry-Lehmann CEO Chris Adams
Sherry-Lehmann will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year
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